Ghana's Food and Drugs Authority (FDA) says the sale of cosmetics containing the skin bleaching ingredient hydroquinone would be banned come August this year.
Spokesperson of the FDA, James Lartey confirmed to Starr FM in Accra that the ban was part of efforts to ensure public safety as most persons who use products containing the skin bleaching element are feared to be exposed to skin cancer.
“Concerning skin lightening products, we are saying that from August 2016, all products containing hydroquinone will not be allowed into the country. From 2016, the acceptance for skin lightening products is going to be zero,” James Lartey revealed.
The Ghana Health Service in a report shows that between 30 to 60% of Ghanaians bleach their skin. Just recently, local boxer, Braimah Kamoko also known as Bukom Banku gained the headlines following his decision to bleach his skin.